Dear Friend – Disaster Recovery Message
(Joe sent this letter out this morning to our whole email list . . .)
10,000 lives lost in the storm-ravaged Philippines is just another wake-up call about the realities of surviving major catastrophes, on the heels of the devastating earthquake in Haiti as well as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina.
The popular TV shows about Doomsday Preppers, extreme survival with 100-lb “bug-out bags” and building arsenals of automatic weapons to “protect your stash” are not only ridiculous fantasies, they’re actually diverting people’s attention from the actual realities of survival:
- 1. Government cannot possibly respond to everyone in need at once following a major catastrophe. The logistic challenges are impossible to surmount and it may be days before “official help” can be mobilized.
- 2. The first few minutes and hours of a disaster are the most critical for saving lives. YOUR BEST HOPE OF BEING RESCUED OR HELPED ARE YOUR IMMEDIATE NEIGHBORS! And you are their best hope as well. Period!
- 3. The easiest way to prepare – together with having your own 10-day supply of Water, Food and Medicines – is to take advantage of the Free training offered on line by FEMA as well as local cities and fire departments: CERT, Community Emergency Response Team. This fabulous training is “community focused” and deals with the ordinary citizen realities of disaster situations.
The fact that we have been able to get over 40 of our neighbors trained and equipped through our city (Irvine has trained literally hundreds of people who work or live here – all for free!) has made it possible for us to organize actual teams to respond to emergencies. Our biggest concern here in California is, of course, the likelihood of major earthquakes and the probability that family members may be in various parts of the community when a quake strikes.
If you want to give yourself, your family, your neighbors and co-workers a better chance of survival in an emergency, Virginia and I urge you to look into the programs offered by your city, fire department and Red Cross. We list a number of organizations, links and tips for survival on our website: www.EmergencyPlanGuide.org. And we urge you to share this information with your family, neighbors and employers. It’s the best way we know of to protect what’s most important to you. You can simply forward this email.
P.S. If you want to help out in the Philippines, go to the Rotary.org website and make a donation to the Rotary ShelterBox program. They have stockpiles of 10-person tents & survival tools ready to be airlifted to disaster zones as well as standby volunteers. Rotary’s ShelterBox program is one of the most widely recognized and respected projects in the world.
Joseph Krueger & Virginia Nicols
4790 Irvine Blvd., Suite 105
Irvine, CA 92620
Telephone: (949) 733-3778
Direct: (949) 733-1778
Fax: (949) 559-6993
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